Saturday, July 22, 2006


More fuzzy Stem Cell Logic

It's been fun to watch the absolute lunancy come from the left out since Bush rightly used his VETO to stop the unproven embryonic stem cell research.

I was emailed this article from Ron Balley, of The Examiner, which like it's predeccesors is full of inaccuracies (to put it mildly).

"WASHINGTON - President Bush just issued the first veto of his presidency, blocking a bill that would have permitted federal funding for research on new embryonic stem cell lines. Most conservatives wish his first veto had come years ago, striking down any of the countless budget-busting, pork-filled spending bills the president has gladly signed over the last five-and-a-half years.

And most everyone with a family member suffering from diabetes, Parkinson’s disease or heart failure wishes Bush had kept that historic veto pen in his pocket this time.

Today there are three sources for stem cells: embryos, adult tissues and umbilical cords. Adult stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells have already been successfully used in treatments for leukemia and multiple sclerosis. However, most researchers believe that stem cells derived from embryos hold more long-term promise for developing cures and transplantable tissues. Numerous polls show more than two-thirds of Americans support stem cell research because they accept the claims of researchers that stem cells may well be used to produce transplantable tissues and cells to heal damaged hearts, cure diabetes, alleviate Parkinson’s disease and mend broken spinal cords.

Pointing to a group of children born with the help of in vitro fertilization at the veto ceremony, Bush said, “These boys and girls are not spare parts. They remind us of what is lost when embryos are destroyed in the name of research.”

It is ironic that Bush hailed in vitro fertilization while pandering to the religious right by preventing stem cell research. Much like they oppose stem cell research today, religious conservatives have opposed in vitro fertilization since its inception in the late ’70s — despite the fact that more than 1 million families have experienced the joy of bearing children via in vitro fertilization."

This is a typical tactic of the left when they attack. Use emotion and insult. In the first few paragraphs Balley uses "emotional subjective reasoning" "And most everyone with a family member suffering from diabetes, Parkinson’s disease or heart failure wishes Bush had kept that historic veto pen in his pocket this time.".

Well, they should be dissapointed - not because Bush signed the VETO, but because they are being given false hope. Secondly, Bush is acting from his conscience and as I pointed out - where back in 2001 he asked all the experts/non experts/ pros and cons about the subject in order to do what others won't do - GET EDUCATED on the subject. Sadly, Bailley like others choose to quote from the scripts.

For instance:

"Bush claims he’s blocking stem cell research because each embryo “is a unique human life with inherent dignity and matchless value.” If that were true, we would constantly be in the midst of a holocaust. John Opitz, a professor of pediatrics, human genetics, and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah, testified before the President’s Council on Bioethics that millions of embryos — between 60 percent and 80 percent of all naturally conceived embryos — are simply flushed out in women’s normal menstrual flows unnoticed. This is not miscarriage we’re talking about. The women and their husbands or partners never even know that conception has taken place. What are we to think about the fact that Nature (and for believers, Nature’s God) profligately creates and destroys human embryos?"

According to a couple of Pediatrics I talked to this a "laughable" statement and entirely inaccruate on it's face. The "flushing" of "unfertilized" embryos during menstruation is due to the lack of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone, which is NOT a common occurance. In addition comparing a "natural process" to a "man made" process is fuzzy logic and at best idiotic, but this exactly the type of logic we see all the time from the left. Yet that aside, the "thrust" behind many of those who support embyonic stem cells is decidedly "Pro-Choice", and that in itself is the object of their anger towards Bush. As I posted here there is a greater and more sinister motivation behind their reasoning.

Again, there is NO promise, NO evidence, that Embryonic Stem Cells have any benefit whatsoever except to the embryo-harvesters of the pro choice group.

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